NEW YORK- On Monday (Jan 29, 2024), the longest American Airlines (AA) flight faced a biohazard situation as lavatories on board began overflowing with sewage, causing it to spill into the cabin.
American Airlines Flight Lavatories with Sewage
Crew members seemingly used Casper blankets to conceal the mess in the aisle. Video footage depicts the challenging conditions in the cabin, and a photo captures a lavatory sink filled with contaminated water.
Gary Leff flagged it and mentioned, “I’m sure passengers were thankful to land 26 minutes ahead of schedule in New York!
According to an American Airlines spokesperson, a “small leak” occurred on the Boeing 777 originating from Delhi due to a clogged toilet. They managed to clean up the mess at New York JFK, and the aircraft resumed service.
The airline compensated customers who reported the inconvenience. It appears that the issue might have been caused by a passenger flushing a diaper.
Similar Biohazard Incident
Last year in September, Delta Air Lines (DL) flight DL194, en route from Atlanta (ATL) to Barcelona (BCN), had to make an unexpected turnaround on Friday night after a passenger experienced a severe bout of diarrhea that affected the entire aircraft.
The Airbus A350 had been flying for two hours towards Spain when the pilot communicated to air traffic control about a “biohazard issue” that required an immediate return
The incident occurred over Virginia, prompting the airline to instruct the pilots to head back to Atlanta. Upon landing, passengers were required to disembark.
At the same time, Delta thoroughly cleaned the aircraft and assembled a new crew, as the original crew had exceeded their duty hours. The same plane was used for the rescheduled departure at 2:57 a.m. on Saturday morning.
This unexpected diversion caused an eight-hour delay, and passengers eventually reached Barcelona at 5:10 p.m.
The FAA flight strip documented the reason for the diversion as “Divert to ATL — passenger diarrhea all over aircraft — biohazard,” which was corroborated by air traffic control communications, with one controller stating, “It’s just a biohazard issue, we had a passenger who had diarrhea all the way through the airplane.”
One month later, a passenger aboard an AA flight defecated in the aisle.
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